United States engages local industry leaders to promote U.S.-Vietnam aviation cooperation

08:43 | 19/04/2019 Cooperation

(VEN) - The United States hosted a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on April 18 focused on U.S.-Vietnam cooperation in Vietnam’s airport infrastructure development.

More than 80 public and private sector representatives from both countries discussed opportunities and areas for collaboration as the two countries prepare for direct flights. In Vietnam, the U.S. Government will advance bilateral cooperation through its Indo-Pacific Strategy, capitalizing on the tremendous opportunity to collaborate with Vietnam, while strengthening Vietnam’s airport infrastructure with modern technologies that are efficient, secure, and uphold international standards.

This workshop built on the momentum created by the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement to grant Vietnam Category 1 status two months ago as well as aviation sector commercial contracts signed during President Trump’s visit to Hanoi in late February.

Leaders from Astrophysics, Bechtel Enterprises, Collins Aerospace, Dow Chemical, Haskell, Honeywell, Hyster, IDSS, KPMG, Parsons, L3 Technologies, Rapiscan Systems, Sabre Corporation and UL, shared best practices to strengthen ties between the United States and Vietnam. The workshop also featured the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation & Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade & Development Agency, all focused on working closely with Vietnam to develop key airport infrastructure projects. Representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, and other prominent private sector developers and stakeholders shared information regarding Vietnam’s airport development plans.

Timothy Liston, Deputy Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City highlighted the opportunity for greater cooperation between the United States and Vietnam in the aviation sector. “The Trump Administration has underscored its commitment to the Indo-Pacific region through our continued efforts to partner on key infrastructure projects, like many of the ones we are discussing today,” Liston stated.

The U.S.-Vietnam Aviation Industry Group organized the workshop, in an effort to partner with Vietnam’s public and private sector to modernize and develop the country’s aviation infrastructure, all while helping prepare for direct flights between the two countries.

Currently, the group represents 26 companies, six U.S. government agencies and departments, and two U.S. business associations. Company members cover a broad range of resources and expertise, including airport development and construction, aircraft, air traffic and on-ground safety and security, maintenance and repair operations, and equipment and engineering services. The team of U.S. government agencies also provides a range of support and expertise, from technical assistance to financing support to funding for planning and pilot projects.

My Phung